A Cheney Manor shopkeeper has spoken out after a masked thief stole a dispenser holding £1,800 worth of scratch cards yesterday evening.
The robbery took place after dark, yesterday evening at Costcutter on Cheney Manor Road, opposite The Manor pub.
Talking to Swindon 24 this morning, one of the managers, who did not want to be named, said: “I saw a man outside wearing a mask. We don’t allow people wearing masks or helmets into the store. I went to ask him to remove it as he walked in, then I realised what was about to happen.”
The female manager was in the store with her 18-year-old female assistant at the time of the robbery – both were scared for their safety.
“My teenage colleague asked the man what he wanted. He told her to open the till and that he needed money,” she said. “I asked her to pass me the phone so that I could call the police and at that point, he grabbed ripped the scratch card dispenser from the front of the store, and left.
“I left the store to follow him. I watch him get into a maroon coloured car and drive away. Nothing like this has happened to me in the three years I’ve worked here.
“We don’t normally have two female employees in at once, it tends to be a man and a woman together. This was the first time in years that the store was manned by just two women.”
The suspect is described as a skinny black male, over six-foot tall, and was wearing a black hooded coat, cream scarf over his face and left in a maroon coloured vehicle.
If you have any information or witnessed the incident, please contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or called Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.